Wendy and Lucy

  • 80'
  • USA
  • 2008

The title character Wendy is on her way to Alaska with her dog Lucy in the hope of finding work there, when her car breaks down in the small town in Oregon. She's broke and steals dog food for Lucy during the delay. Then it goes wrong: Wendy is arrested and when she is released later that day, Lucy has disappeared. In her attempts to find her dog, Wendy has to depend on the helpfulness of strangers. The quest for Lucy ends with a phone call, which is when Wendy's journey begins.

In a calm tempo, well-suited to the idea of a break, Wendy and Lucy grows from a simple fact into a complex meditation about American insecurity and loneliness. The film without music is, just like Old Joy, based on a short story by Jon Raymond and was shot around Portland. Todd Haynes and Wil Oldham also contributed again.

Director
Kelly Reichardt
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2008
Festival Edition
IFFR 2009
Length
80'
Medium
35mm
Language
English
Producers
Anish Savjani, Neil Kopp, Larry Fessenden
Production Companies
filmscience, Field Guide Films, Glass Eye Pix, Inc
Sales
Memento Films International
Screenplay
Kelly Reichardt, Jon Raymond
Cinematography
Sam Levy, Greg Schmitt
Editor
Kelly Reichardt
Cast
Will Oldham, Michelle Williams
Website
http://international.memento-films.com/catalogue/u-z/wendy-and-lucy